By Anica Oaks Home tours are one of the most important parts of the homebuying process. For many buyers, the anticipation of finally touring homes they've seen online leads to so much excitement during the tour, they forget to look for important details. Unfortunately, this can lead to expensive problems down the road, especially if you overlook problems that an...

By Paige Tepping During RISMedia's recent webinar—"Avoiding the Squeeze: How to Stay Profitable Amidst Shrinking Margins"—panelists DeLisa Rose, broker/owner of eXp Realty; Paul Wells, broker/owner of RE/MAX of Barrington; and Stefan Peterson, chief data officer at zavvie, shared their tried-and-true tips for making agents more competitive...

By Megan Belnap  If you're like most people, you crank up your air conditioner when it starts getting hotter outside. Cooling off with an AC unit is usually the preferred option when temperatures soar. However, while they are an excellent way to keep your home comfortable during the warmer months, they require regular maintenance to work effectively. By following...

By Paige Brown In the latest RISMedia webinar—“How to Increase Listings in a Low-Inventory Market”—panelists Ron Howard, associate broker and team leader of RE/MAX Advantage Realty and senior coach at Workman Success Systems; Denise Klein, team owner and success coach at eXp Realty - The Klein Team NV and senior coach at Workman Success Systems;...

By Anica Oaks When you fall in love with a house to buy, don't rush to sign the purchase agreement. First, take time to get a professional inspection. This will help you to find out about any problems you might have to negotiate with the seller or take care of after the purchase. Foundation
A home cannot survive without a stable foundation. The structural...

By Meghan Belnap If you're planning a home remodel, doing the work yourself is a great way to save money. However, there are some jobs you should leave to the professionals. Handling hazardous materials without the proper training and equipment can result in injuries, illness or death. Here are four of the most dangerous materials you may encounter during a home...

By Brooke Chaplan  Both the intense summer heat and the frigid winter air will often target your house. While it may seem hopeless to defend your home from the fluctuating weather conditions, doing so will help you minimize your energy bill. Below are several tips to keep your home comfortable regardless of the external temperature. Adequate Home Insulation


By Paige Tepping During RISMedia's recent webinar—"Scale, Stand Out, Expand: How to Use Technology to Accelerate Your Business Growth"—panelists Dennis Cestra Jr., president - Pennsylvania Region, Howard Hanna; and Erin Cestero, president - San Antonio Division, JBGoodwin REALTORS®, discussed how technology is helping the most savvy agents...

By Bill Gassett With the strength of the real estate market showing no signs of backing off, homebuyers face a challenge. Properties find a buyer quickly after being listed in many markets, leaving potential buyers looking at an under contract or pending listing. But what can you do when your dream home is listed as under contract? What Does Contingent Mean?

By Bill Gassett When you are buying a home, some parts of the transaction can be confusing, and the escrow meaning is one of them. It is not unusual for homebuyers to ask, what is an escrow account and how will it affect me in the buying process? Having escrow funds ensures that the buyer has some skin in the game and will not walk from the transaction. Let's look...